Drawn and Quarterly: advice from booksellers on the sidewalk

Drawn and Quarterly: conseils de libraires sur le trottoir

The librairie Drawn and Quarterly has chosen, for the moment, not to re-open its doors to 100%. It continues its operations with the sale online and tables have been installed where people can retrieve their orders, to buy books and be advised.

The staff of the library and the Small library, which is located on Bernard street West, in Montreal, continues to do her work… on the sidewalk.

“We will speak with each person and it is good. It is our specialty to advise people and it’s fun. We will speak with each person,” said Rebecca Lloyd, director of the bookstore.

The two bookshops are small and, with the on-line sales that are numerous, it is difficult to manage the presence of customers within the trade with the sanitary measures in place.

“We didn’t want to stress too much the employees,” she said during a telephone interview, adding that it was aimed at a re-opening could take place in September.

Publishing house of the original, Drawn and Quarterly has existed since 30 years. She opened her first store 13 years ago, in order to fill a gap for fans of the comics, and the Small bookstore has seen the light of day three years ago.

The English bookstore has then diversified its offer with cookbooks, poetry, books on art, with non-fiction, fiction and a selection of books in French.

“It puts to the front the tastes of the people who work at the bookstore and the publishing house,” noted Rebecca Lloyd.

At the right time

Drawn and Quarterly was not doing any online sales before you join the cooperative of independent Bookstores in Qu├ębec and its website leslibraires.ca. This has allowed him to take advantage of the whirlpool of online sales generated by the confinement period and the closure of physical libraries.

“It is an idea that I’ve been working on for the month of November. We joined the co-op just before the crisis. The timing was really good,” she said, proud of his stroke.

The fiction books have been very popular. Just like works of fiction on pandemics. The novel Severance Ling Ma has been very popular.

“It is funny to see that people wanted to read this kind of things during the pandemic. The rise of the movement Black Lives Matter, following the death of George Floyd, also had an effect on the sales side, with a strong demand for black authors”, she remarked.

The employees who had been temporarily laid off at the beginning of the crisis have returned to their employment. The bookstore is even in the hiring process.

“I’m doing interviews at this time. It is a beautiful situation, in a difficult period,” said the director.

Rebecca Lloyd has had a huge crush on the series of manga The Canteen midnight Yaro Abe in recent months.

“This is the story of a canteen that opens at midnight and closes at 7 a.m. It revolves around the people who frequent this place and order a meal. I’ve read the books, I watched the series on Netflix and I’ve even cooked with the recipe book. I read books on the pandemic, and I was wondering what I was doing. It allowed me to change the ideas by entering in a different world,” she let fall, in a bright laugh, totally conquered by this universe.

Suggestions from Rebecca and her team

Wendy, Master of Art

Walter Scott

2020

The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud

Kuniko Tsurita

2020

Nori

Rumi Hara

2020

Moms

My Yeung-Chin

2020

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

Adrian Tomine

2020

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